Inspired by Matisse

Hi there! How are you? Hope your week is treating you well.

As for me, well, I’m a little overwhelmed with creative energy. You see, I just started this amazing online course with Jeanne Oliver called “Studying under the Masters“. It’s a nine week course with nine different teachers. Each week, we get a new teacher and a new Master to learn from.

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This first week has been with Jeanne teaching us about Henri Matisse. It has been an absolute delight!

Back in Art School, we covered Matisse and hundreds of other artists but was I really paying attention? Well… not so much. With so many lectures, dead lines, assignments, critiques and social events (keg parties)… let’s just say I didn’t absorb as much as I should have. Often, I took being a student for granted.

Now, learning has become precious to me. It wakes me up and makes me feel alive, connected and passionate. That’s why I’m hooked on Jeanne’s courses.

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Oh Matisse, you wonderful man! I didn’t know I was so fond of your work till now! He was a master of color, pattern and portraits! I love how he captures a scene, flattens it and layers it with brilliant hues and complex patterns! His faces, sometimes refined and others primitive and simplified. However, his intensity is consistent. His pieces almost vibrate with energy and mood. Truly inspiring!

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Studying his work has made me feel free again…to just draw and play and not worry about perfection, perspective, technique. Just create and explore! I can’t seem to stop drawing! Even the white board on our fridge is covered in doodles. :) Here are a few of my own little works that I did in my sketchbook…all inspired by Matisse!

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More projects to come! So…what artist inspires you?

Have a fantastic Friday.



{all Matisse images via here}



Filed under Art, Art lessons, creativity, Learning, painting, Thoughts

8 responses to “Inspired by Matisse

  1. I love your last one the best – really beautiful. Love the birds and the dress! Her hair flower is wonderful. Fun to see how much fun you are having!

  2. Matisse is my favorite painter, so I love that you posted on him. Your course sounds amazing! I have a few of his prints, though I would love to cover my entire house in his work. I also love his simple black and white sketches.

    I just found your blog a little while ago and I am enjoying it. Thanks for sharing your creative projects! Blessings, Libby.

  3. How beautiful! Matisse is definitely one of the artists who inspired my father’s works. And, I love your Matisse inspired drawings. So pretty!

  4. Loving Matisse and your own work. Think Cezanne has to be my favourite though.

  5. Cathy Garrett

    I love the girls you did. The colors you used are beautiful and pulls my eye right to them. I almost signed up for that course and wished I had now after seeing what you have done!

  6. great artists learn from each other! Nice hanging with you today thanks for being video producer!

  7. kyrrha sevco

    I’m taking the same class. loving Jeanne Oliver and “Studying under the Masters“! Thanks for sharing.

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